Posted 08 March 2012 by Interview:

Tyler Garceau


How and when did you start training?

I started training at age 14 by my hockey coach who took the time to show me how to lift in his tiny 1 car garage which had just a curl bar, cable pull down, and bench press haha. He showed me numerous workouts and pushed me passed my limits, which was great to learn at such a young age.

What mistakes did you make as a newbie?

As a noob I made many mistakes as we all did. For example at one point I didn’t care how my form looked I would try and do as much weight as I could no matter what haha, and as far as the eating side of lifting. I never took protein powder until I was 21 and only ate 2-3 times a day.

We know consistency is key, what tips would you
give to anyone struggling to stay consistent?

To stay consistent you NEED to be motivated. You will have to find something inside you that just motivates you no matter what it is! For myself as an example, I was often told I couldn't do something or was made fun of for so called "reaching for the stars" with the goals I would choose. I can’t stand negativity. Therefore I’ve made a living off of proving people wrong. As far as your motivation, you will just know when you find it! Also set yourself some goals, and don’t underestimate yourself, with hard work and discipline you will amaze yourself at how much you can accomplish.

Do you listen to music whilst training?


What do you think about when you have to dig deep and push out that last rep?

When I need to turn it up in the gym for my last few reps or sets I think about our good Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And all that he has done for me in my Life! Just like my one of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:13 - I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. It reminds me that I cannot be stopped, with him at my side. I have that verse on my weight lifting belt.

Free weights vs machines what do you feel are the pros and cons of both and which do you prefer?

Free weights!!!!! ALL THE WAY!!! If I ever use machines its maybe at the very end of my workouts. 90% free weights 10% machines!

What are you most proud of?

I’m not necessarily proud of myself for something. But I am a TRUE believer in what makes anyone MOST proud is helping someone reach their goals, or just helping them in general! There is nothing better than giving a friend a reason to smile and feel great!! In particular, I love it when a friend underestimates himself or herself, because I help them change or add a few things and they end up well pass their original goal and end up happy!

Do you bulk and cut or stay lean year round?

My body is pretty crazy, after playing around with some diets on my own for a while I could manage to gain or lose 20-30 lbs in only 4 weeks time. So my body was always changing! Now I work with bodybuilder and trainer Jeff Dwelle who now has me on track and is teaching me soooo much! I am putting on size and staying lean. I plan to keep my abs forever and continue to add size!

What types of cardio do you do?

Pretty much do everything and anything to be active, whether its roller blading, playing hockey, beating a punching bag or just running. As far as my contest prep, I would stick to the elliptical, simple is good when you are carb depleted HAHA.

What is your training routine like?

For training I do 3 days on 1 day off, 2 days on, 1 day off. For my body that is the perfect cycle to grow and stay strong. I tend to do higher reps, some days up to 150 for just one set. But when we want to go beast mode, I have my days where I throw around weight at 4-6 reps. My groupings for body parts at the moment are -

day 1 chest and shoulders 1 failure set of tri
day 2 back and 1 failure set of bi
day 3 Arms
day 4 Off
day 5 shoulders 1 failure set of tri
day 6 Legs
day 7 Off

What is your diet when trying to get in peak condition?

When I am trying to get in peak condition its very low carbs (brown rice) if any at all and no fats. But egg whites and a lot of fish! I get soooo sick of tilapia when I am dieting for a show, YUCK! That’s all I would eat haha, I did a show 4 months ago and I still don’t even want to see MR.tilapia for a LONGGGG time.

Who are your favourite athletes, bodybuilders
or fitness models?

My Favorite bodybuilder is Jeff Dwelle. After getting to know him personally he is such a great down to earth person who would do anything to help anyone! To me he is the hardest working person I have ever met and witnessed. My friends and I call him PAPA DWELLE, because he is training over 10 of my good friends, its one big family. He is just awesome, Jeff = Quadzilla. Also Kevin Levrone, my favorite body part to work is triceps and his are HUGE!

What supplements do you use if any?

I love the new myofusion protein, it tastes great and I get good results from it. Also a Vitargo S2, that stuff is great!!! The rest is all diet for me!

What top 3 tips would you give to anyone
wanting to get CutAndJacked?

1. Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do something! Dream, Believe, Achieve!!!

2. Progress is a LONG road! Do not get discouraged! Every time you work towards your dream, you're one step closer!


Tyler Garceau

Year of birth: 1987 Weight: 246 pounds Height: 6ft 1


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